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“Dear PoPville,

New construction is about to start right next to our apartment, for a 9 story condo building. We’re trying to decide what to do and curious about people’s experiences with the noise from construction like this, particularly whether the noise level changes at all over time. Is it just awful the whole time? Or is it particularly bad for a few months in the beginning (demolition, foundation work, etc.)?”

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Speaking of the Heat

“Dear PoPville,

My building cut off our AC last week and with today’s high at 82, my apartment has been unbearably hot. Last night the thermostat read 78 at 10pm. Do DC renters have any options to file a legal complaint?

An updated reading from this morning. (80 degrees)”

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“Dear PoPville,

It is ongoing as I type and it is 3.10 am EST. How on earth can they have a permit for this? And how is it possible that this is the only hour this work can be done? Any recommendations on who to take it up with?”

Letter OP sent to WMATA:

“I am living in the Dupont Circle area where you have a canopy construction that goes on after midnight and into the morning and creates UNBEARABLE NOISE. Read More

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Thanks to Michael for sending an update to the Civility Lives post:

“Block and alley cleanup

Sharing a positive approach to the trash problem in DC. After many months of an alley just piling up with garbage and weeds growing everywhere, and a couple of people taking taking unilateral action, 8 families out of 25 on the block, rallied on Sunday afternoon to clean and weed. It was amazing to see and after two weeks everyone continues to look good. Can we start a trend? Everyone can do this. Anyone with a trashy alley or block should do this.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Question for you/popville: what’s chicken bacon ranch pizza guy up to? Hope he’s doing alright and eating all the CBR he has ever hoped for.”

Ask and ye shall receive:

“Hey, guys. It’s me — Chicken Bacon Ranch guy.

Surely you remember, five years ago, when hundreds of this blog’s commenters chewed me up and spat me out like a chicken ranch slice with no bacon on it. A few of you came to my aid, but most of you were hungry for my blood. I was hungry only for Chicken Bacon Ranch.

You called me a “dunce,” “an asshat,” and an “over-entitled d-bag.” You insulted my home state, saying I was a “typical mouthy New Yorker,” and that I should go back there (I didn’t). Thank god I’m anonymous.

I doubt anyone needs a recap of what happened, but if you moved here pre-Trump, you might not understand the regularunending references made to me and my favorite pizza. For those of you not familiar with the events that led us here, I’ll sum it up more briefly than I did in 2015: Read More

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Thanks to Lisa for sharing this much needed happiness:

“I was out with friends on a Potomac Paddle Club sunset cruise on Tues night… and around 8pm, we spied this “Marry Me” pop-up on the Watergate Steps in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

In a matter of minutes, a group of people had created a pathway with red carpet, heart balloons, and two different light boxes: one said “Marry” and the other said “Me”. Read More

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Photo by Clif Burns

June 4th 2018 was a dark day.

Never stop dreaming.

From a press release:

“Effective Friday, September 18, 2020, WAMU, Washington, D.C.’s NPR station, will implement a program schedule change, which includes the return of their 37-year legacy program Hot Jazz Saturday Night, a new dedicated special programming segment and The Arts Hour from BBC World News Service.

Hot Jazz Saturday Night, produced by WAMU and hosted by Rob Bamberger, will return for a two-year commitment beginning on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 7-10 p.m. The show will replace Live from Here from American Public Radio, which ceased production in June. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

What’s up with the tenant in the Barclay Apartment building at 16th and Corcoran St, NW? Someone throws popcorn out, I suppose to feed the birds and squirrels. It’s contributing to the rat problem. I have left messages with the building with no response. #stopthepopcorn It happens regularly. I work evenings and night shifts sometimes and at night it definitely attracts rats. I took this picture a few night ago. Read More

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